Hello Mctag. I hope you have a nice holiday.
An 'Arry, in the 19c-Early 20c, was the popular embodiment of the vulgar, rollicking, yet on the whole good natured rough of the great (British) metropolis. What is his Old Scottish slang counterpart?
I looked in Burns for an appropriate answer to this one
"And at his elbow, Souter Johnie,
His ancient, trusty, drougthy crony:
Tam lo'ed him like a very brither;
They had been fou for weeks thegither"
but was disappointed. It's kind of difficult to pin down- "chiel", "loon" (from loons and quinies- East Coast) to the modern "bear", none seems particularly satisfactory.
Chiel is the best I can come up with right now, and is an affectionate term, slightly patronising, but has no connotation of "rough".